Monday, December 19, 2011


Thank You

to Sue H

and Committee:  

Cathy W, Karen J, Renee R

for planning and
coordinating the NANI Holiday Party.

We all had a wonderful
time ; )

Betty Ring (Links)

Sharing some Betty Ring links today:   

On-Line, Digital Book

On-Line, Digital Book

On-Line, Digital Book

--- Not sure how long they will be on-line

Friday, December 16, 2011


Each Tuesday, Sharon B of Pin Tangle, will post a challenge / stitch for the week.   Participants will learn the stitch, work up an example (or examples) and put a photo on flickr or blog.   A comment is left on the Pin Tangle post with a link to your challenge picture (& info); what fun to share what you accomplished!

In the information below, there is  link to the TAST information page.   You are welcome to sign up using stitchin fingers page,  flickr album, or your own blog.

If you would like to participate, you don't have your own blog (yet), remember this blog space is open to NANI Members.   You are welcome to put up your pictures, information, and copy the link for Pin Tangle's post.

Take a Stitch Tuesday will begin on January 3rd, 2012.

Details can be found here:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Erica Wilson

Erica Wilson passed away on December 13. 
Her embroidery designs were very popular--she seemed to be everywhere in the 1960s and 1970s. Her teaching, designs, kits, shops and books influenced generations of embroiderers.
I remember wanting to be Erica Wilson when I grew up.

Here's the New York Times article and a post on the DMC blog.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Embroiderers' Assoc of Canada, Inc.

I enjoy reading

thought you would be interested in her
post re.

or, you can go directly to their

Enjoy the day ; )

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blanket Stitch Basics

has a THREE Part series
with beautiful photographs
and freebie patterns ---
on their web site.

Here are the links:

Enjoy browsing the patterns, applique, knitting, etc.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Get Stitching in the new year!

This looks like a really fun way to boost your creativity and take a whole bunch of classes online.
Twenty videos featuring twenty different teachers demonstrating twenty different techniques and projects all at one site for one sign-up fee.  Check out the projects and teachers here.  The fun begins January 1st. The classes and videos will all be accessible for six months and you can view them in any order and any number of times so you can work at your own pace.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pattern Central (Resource)

is a site with almost 5,000 
links to tutorials, patterns, tips + resources.

They are partners with:

(nearly 2,000 links)

(over 6,000 links)

(over 14,000 links)

Pour yourself some coffee or tea and enjoy surfing these sites!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fabric of a New Nation: American Needlework + Textiles, 1776-1840

American Needlework + Textiles:  1776-1840

December 16, 2011 -
 May 13, 2012
Galleries 57-59

The exhibition features 45 bedcovers, coverlets, needlework, printed handkerchiefs, and other household textiles from the permanent collection of the Institute's Department of Textiles. 

"The exhibition showcases over a dozen samplers and schoolgirl embroideries including a 1791 Mary Balch academy piece by Lucy Potter, a 1791 Marblehead, MA sampler by Polly Bedford, a 1795 Philadelphia whitework piece, and the 1822/1823 Clarissa Emerson sampler featured on the cover of "Samplings", Volume 40 (Fall, 2011). "

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603-6404

M-W 10:30-5
Th 10:30-8
F-Sun 10:30-5:00

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

from EGA HQ

Contact EGA HQ e-mail if you are not receiving information from EGA headquarters.

From the November's E-News (received via e-mail):

 If there are members of you chapter interested in receiving EGA email updates, they can contact Logan Reulet,, for addition to the mailing list!

Attention Chapter Newsletter Editors & Presidents
It's been brought to our attention that many members do not have their e-mail addresses on file with HQ. Please forward this newsletter with your next Chapter Newsletter and remind people at upcoming meetings that they are missing out on the most timely news and information from EGA. To sign up, simply call or email HQ with your name and 

e-mail address!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

EGA open positions

From the November's E-News:

EGA Wants You

The national nominating committee is seeking qualified individuals to fill important positions for the future to further EGA's mission "to stimulate appreciation for and celebrate the heritage of embroidery by advancing the highest standards of excellence in its practice through education, exhibition, preservation, collection and research."

You have skills that can be useful at the chapter, region and national level. We want to know how best to fit your skills and interest into EGA at committee and board levels.

The EGA national resume form asks for your educational background, work history, and EGA involvement as well as an indication of your special areas of interest. In the narrative space, please tell us what particular skills you would bring to EGA.

Please assist this important committee is seeking qualified individuals to fill important positions for the future to further EGA's mission. Consider submitting your resume and encourage others to do the same.

YOU can contribute to the future of EGA.
Carole RinardChairman
National Nominating Committee

International Embroidery Conference Chair
EGA is looking for someone to chair the next International Embroidery Conference. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Harrison, EGA vice president at for more information.

Administrator Position Open at HQ!

EGA is seeking an Administrator to work in the Louisville, KY Office. The Administrator will oversee staff and ensure efficient execution of administrative tasks for the Guild. For a complete position description pleasejob requirements  click here.

Application deadline is November 30, 2011.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Needle 'N Thread Blog

is a daily on-line stop for Me

Her site has patterns, tips,
photographs, videos,
links to needlework articles, and MORE.

Head over there!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chapter Merchandise

I was asked to share this information.

plans to dissolve on 05/31/2012.
The group will continue to meet and are no longer going to be an EGA chapter.
Interested members are planning to join

They are in the process of a "close-out" sale.

Should you be interested in the merchandise,
contact Beate.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Party 2011


Sign-up Deadline:   November 28, 2011

Comments?  Questions?
Contact Sue H

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Secret Stitcher

A Friendly Reminder

Please get your 

Secret Stitcher forms 

filled out and give them

(or send them)

to Beth

a.s.a.p ...

The forms are located in the
November/December issue
of the Flying Fingers Newsletter.

Comments?  Questions?
Contact Beth or Needle Artisans

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

News from EGA

The President's Mailing
is available in the
of the 

Look under President's Mailing
October 2011.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Misc On-Line Resources

Here are a few on-line sites
which you may find helpful:

graph paper

check lists, conversion charts, floss charts

thread charts

Museums + Historical Places (Needlework)

Floss Conversion Charts


Did you see the information provided by
Nordic Needle's Nov 7th e-mail
regarding needlework on Paper?

If you missed it, here is a link to 
Stitching on Cards tutorial
AND, a link to 
templates (heart, star, angel)

And, did you check out the calculator?   they have thought of everything!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hoosier Heartland ANG

Myrtis Justiniano asked us to share:

Hoosier Heartland ANG 
is moving from Logansport to South Bend, Indiana.  

They will be meeting in the Center Township
South Bend Public Library
1150 E. Kern Road
South Bend, IN

(The library is at the corner of Kern Road and Miami road.  Kern road is a mile south of the intersection of US 31 South and the US 31 By-pass.   Miami is a mile east of US 31.

the first meeting will be Saturday, February 11, 2012
10:15 a.m.

Hoosier Heartland will continue to meet on the second Saturday of each month
February thru November.

Questions?   Comments?
Please contact Connie or Myrtis

Friday, November 11, 2011

Please Mark Your Calendars:

Stitch-in-Public Day
February 4, 2012
10am - 4pm

Located at:
Munster, Indiana  46321

Per Renee R:

We have confirmed 2012 Stitch-in-Public Day at the Munster Library on February 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The Central Library is under construction so not available this time.

Four our NANI Members, it will be the same as last year.   Come early, stay late.   What ever you wish to do for a day of  stitching and sharing.

Stay tuned for more details.   Comments?   Questions?
Contact Renee R or e-mail Needle Artisans.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Interested in samplers?

Visit the
site ...
which provides photos and 
research from 
Vassar College collection.

Another site defines

In addition to the above sites,
check out Antique Samplers
for samplers by date, origin, etc.

Frisian Samplers
for viewing 444 on-line samplers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Needle work stitch diagrams ...

Feel like expanding
the basic cross stitch  x's into
specialty stitches?

Check out
on the site

on the ANG site

on Sharon Boggin's site

on Johanna's Embroidery site

In no time, your projects will
showcase the results!


I was taught
how to tie a knot on my thread
during a quilting class.  

I found a video :
which I'd like to share!

Enjoy the day - stitch well.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Holiday Party 2011

The annual Holiday Party will be on
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
123 Country Club Drive
Schererville, IN

Festivities begin with arrival + socializing after 6pm.
Our meal of assorted salads, pastas, + pizzas will be served around 7pm, with dessert to follow,
make-your-own ice cream sundae.

Our new Treasurer will be inducted.

Ornament Exchange
Members wanting to participate in a holiday
ornament exchange
need to bring a hand-stitched ornament to the party.
The ornaments are exchanged after the meal.

Reveal Secret Stitcher
Identities of participating members in the
Secret Stitcher Club are revealed.

Scholarship Drawing
Forms are available in the November newsletter.
Members are responsible to fill out the form + turn in.
A Drawing is held from those entering.   

Our party is always a fun and festive evening
in a beautifully decorated room at Briar Ridge.

Do you have a friend who is thinking about joining our group?
This is a great opportunity to introduce them to our members.

Hope to see YOU there!

Cost for members + guests $25.00/person.   

Sign Up Deadline:  November 28th

Questions?  Contact Sue H

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Antique Pattern Library

has a catalog of pattern books,
diagrams, which are in the public domain.

If you are at the catalog site,
use "control" "f" keys
and a search box opens.

From there, you can search out publications
with hardanger, needle lace, cross stitching, crochet, knitting, tatting, etc.

Here is a publication with loads of 
vintage edgings and images of stitches being made

Enjoy hunting!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Do you know somebody interested in needlework?

Cross Stitch Basics
are best learned with
a needleworker sitting next
to you ...

However, in case you need them,
 there are wonderful
on-line resources with nice
diagrams and instructions.

Here are a few:

Yarn Tree

from the EGA web site

Vermillion Stitchery

The Cross Stitch Guild

on Cross Stitch

Should the opportunity arise to share
your needle and floss ... don't hesitate!

Open your computer and introduce
your family + friends to the joys of the needle!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011


has announced guidelines for the

There are five categories
Follow the link for details

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn Patterns

So what are you still doing here???
Head over to:
Jennie Baer's site,
for awesome complimentary patterns!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


has a wonderful blog site
with complimentary
patterns, tutorials, crazy quilting,
pincushions, stitch diagrams ...
and much more.

It is a daily stop for me
and I enjoy her posts and information!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

is open.

This is a show where you can sit at home
and view all the new releases
that the designers have dreamed up for us.

The show is open until 
midnight on the 25th.

Reminder ....

Registration deadline is November 1, 2011
for GLR course sign ups

To review the selected courses
Follow this link:

Questions should be directed
to Kris Kyles, GLR CC Coordinator

Sunday, October 16, 2011

More posts ....

In addition to
South Paw Stitcher's blog post

I see there are a couple more
posts with pictures of their 
projects ....

Check out
Avery Claire's post:

Rosebud's Stitching post:

Thank you ladies for sharing your projects (in progress)
and photos of the event -- looks like it was a great time ; )